Many of the gifts I am given are related to quilting, and this Mothers’ Day was no exception. I received two beautiful quilting books. (I must admit, I did have a hand in their purchase, but my family members are all well-trained and quite happy to indulge me!)
One of the books I received is Di Ford-Hall’s “Primarily Quilts”. I have long been a fan of Di’s patterns and when I heard that she was publishing a book I was eager to own a copy.
The book is published by Quiltmania, (www.quiltmania.com) and is beautifully set out with lots of photos and text in both French and English.
The book has 240 pages, containing 16 of Di’s patterns, so there are plenty of quilts to tempt me, and yes, there are several I would like to make! The quilts are inspired by nineteenth century quilts and use techniques which include hexagons, broderie perse, fussy cutting, hand and machine piecing and lots of applique. (Quilting heaven). I am pleased that all patterns and templates are full size so there is no need to enlarge, and the three large pull-out pattern sheets all seem very clear.
Now I must confess that one of my UFOs is a quilt made from a Di Ford pattern, but one which is not in the book. It is “Homage to Sally Ann” which I began over five years ago and stitched while on a 15 week trip around the eastern half of Australia. I came back from my holiday, but Sally Ann appears to have left on one….and no progress has been made for a long time.
The original quilt was on a cream background with mid to deep pinks and burgundy flowers, and I have also seen Helen Hayes Sally Ann quilt which is on a vibrant red background. As you can see, mine is different again, being on a pale aqua background with coral, gold and brown flowers.
Aurifil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread (the finest weight) is my choice for the needleturn applique I use in this project.
And now that Sally Ann has reappeared I might have to add the odd flower or two!
As for the other book I received on Mothers’ Day, I’ll write about that in a future blog post.
Now Sally Ann, where were we….?